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you as whether or not there any force is coming into play. do you have a sense that sequestration is likely to have been? >> senator durban, the number two democrat in the senate has just appointed that he is becoming the top defense appropriators. he had said very recently that he did not think sequester would be averted. it does not look currently where these parties are that they are close to any kind of a deal. they may try to find a way to kick the can down the road where they bought themselves 60 days. it does not look particularly good right now. very few people seem to be
confronting that. it shall take a lot to pull this off. >> the pentagon has started to take steps to prepare itself for the sequestration and planning that has not taken place until now. >> they are laying off temporary employees. it is starting to happen. >> senator inhofe has been critical about not planning earlier. the >> there is a little brinkmanship going. i do believe there was a time and when each everybody said we are all against it so how can have them? there never was a path that the two sides could find that would lead them to averting it.
>> the center was critical of the president in the stance of his overall military and mention three ways the president has worked for cuts, and delays, and additions to the military budget. when you talk to officers of line, and you find them as critical of the administration that what is: on average is very dramatic. this represents a huge threat to the united states. there are others that would argue it is more a regional. the ability to react is clearly limited.
when you look at individual things, there are concerns. afghanistan is another issue. >> these are big and complex topics and we could spend more time but unfortunately we are out. thanks to both of you for being with us. >> thank you. >> tomorrow on washington journal we'll talk about president obama's use of executive power. then a look at climate change on legislation and congress. and later a discussion about dop mat i can security worldwide with former interior to algeria ronald knewman. >> we've created a platform
that we call digital health feedback system. and the main components of that platform are a sensor you swallow. it sends information to a wearable patch on your torso that collects information about the medicines you swallow and your heart rate and sleep,temperature, a lot of things what we call a panel of fiss logical and it commune indicates with a blue tooth phone you carry and it can help you manage your own health. >> i think we're at an inflection point. we've had all these incrementle amazing changes over the last five years and now we're poised to make great leeps in these complex disease. our understanding of cancer the last five years as dwarfed the
last 25 and the next ten years will take us into some amazing advances. >> technology mont night on the communicate tors at 8:00 eastern on c-span2. >> what's the best training for a police women. >> i said it before the best training you can get to become a really good police officer and understand what it's about is walking a foot beat. you learn how to develop sources and learn how to use intelligence information, you learn how to leverage relationships in the community and that is the key. people in the community trust you, they'll tell you when there are things that are happening that are not yet crime so that you can intervene. and they'll tell you all about how to do it. i've learned the most in my career from those relationships. from high school drop out and single mother to the youngest
police chief in d.c. history. >> next lose lieu governor talks about the future of the republican party. he was the keynote speaker at the winter meeting. this is about half an hour. >> we are honored and blessed to night. we have a partnership that goes back a few years. i'm thrilled to be a partner like bob at the r.g.a. i think you all know that even among republicans it's extra special when you know that you are dealing with a man of his word that makes a promise and keeps a promise, somebody that you can believe in from the
very start and i got to tell you, i think we've got a great theme that we can build on in this party. and it's called the 10th amendment. and because of barack obama, washington is broken. they've proven nearly incapable of solving the most basic problems facing america. so i think it's time to send a lot of these issues to the 30 governors in our country t republican governors in our country that have proven the ability to solve big problems, balance budgets, speak to republicans, democrats, independents. we've had great success in our party. unfortunately sometimes we do a real lousy job bragging about
it but there is a shining star in louisiana and somebody that is going to be a great partner moving forward and making sure that we bin a big race in new jersey and a big race in virginia. and the head of that effort and a partner of mine moving forward is the great governor of louisiana. please welcome him. [applause] . >> thank you very much. thank you for that very warm welcome. thank you for that generous introduction. >> i understand you've got a barn burner of an election
coming up tomorrow. i sure hope you make it though. and just one piece of advice as you start gearing up for this campaign. i don't think you need to use that whole or cathing for that voter turnout tomorrow. i'm just having a little fun. just starting the night with a little fun. on a serious and sincere note i want to say on bhave of myself and other republican governors, i want to thank the chairman for his leadership at the r.n.c. >> as a point of personal privilege i want to thank the members from my home state of louisiana. roger has been a great partner. let's absolutely give him a round of applause. [applause] . we also have our national committee woman who does a
phenomenal job representing our state as well. >> and ross little, when i sat down i said ross you are no long ter most attractive committee person from louisiana. but does a great job. >> let me tell you in advance. i plan to talk about the big picture tonight and i may say some things that may challenge your asuppingses. you may agree or not agree and that's okay. ours is a party that can handle an honest discussion and an honest debate. after losing two presidential elections in a row, it is time for some honest discussion within our party. first concept i want to talk to is there. america is not the federal government.
>> let that sink n. america is not the federal government. in america government is one of those things you have to have but you sure don't want too much of it. it's kind of like your family visiting over the holidays. i have to be careful about what i say about family. this is of course the opposite of the political debate in your country today. we have one party that wants to be in charge of the federal government so they can expand it. we've got one that wants to be in charge so they can get it under control. that's a terrible debate. it's a debate fought on our opponents terms. a debate about who can better manage the government is a small debate. if our vision isn't bigger than that we don't deserve to win. >> america is defined by government.
if you were to land here from outer space or watch tv for a week or watch the news, you would co-come to the conclusion that washington is the hub of america which and what happens in washington is what drives and dick tates the success or failure of america. in addition to washington you would come to the conclusion there are out lying areas called states but they are just add juncts of the federal government. this is not the idea of america. but this is what america will become if we don't reorient our way of thinking right away. as our government grows larger the it will become what america is all about if we let it. this is what we are here for. look at the debates that have dominated washington, d.c. the last several weeks. we've had gun control task force, dealt ceiling n. all reality these are side shows in washington we've allowed to take center stage in our
country. we are falling into the side show trap. all of these side show debates are about government, and government power are the leading lady and man in our country today. today's conservatism is wrapped up even as our president invents new programs on top of the ones we've got. we have an obsession with dwovement bookkeeper. this is the wrong game for us to plafmente today it's the fiscal cliff then it will be the fiscal apocalypse. our government has gone off the fiscal cliff. indeed it happened years ago. today's conservatism is in love with zeros. if we can duty deficit in debt. if we can have a tv ad all will
be well. we are focused whoon? government. by obsessing with zeros on the budget sheet we on the economy of washington, d.c. instead of the real economy. out here in charlotte, in new orleans n sleever port. we have to accept government number crunching, even conservive number crunching is not the answer to our nation's problems. we have to face another cold hard fact. washington is so dysfunctional that it will be deemed not serious by the media. it will fail in the united states senate and wouldn't maket to the president's desk where he would veto it any way. any serious propose toll restrain government decpwroth deemed non-serious in washington, d.c. the balanced budget amendment is called non-serious in washington, d.c. term limits are non-serious in
washington, d.c. capping the federal growth also deemed not serious in washington, d.c. the truth is anything serious is deemed not serious in washington, d.c. when then senator obama voted against racing the debt ceiling he said he was doing so because the national debt was at an outrageous $8 trillion. i want to quote the president saying $8 trillion, that's trillion with a t. it is now over $16 trillion and climbing. he's not worried about it at all. indeed he calls it progress. you remember his campaign slogen. he says it is forward. i've got news for the president. if washington's debt is going forward, america's economy is going backward. instead of magging government
we need to lead america to a place where she can become the land of opportunity. where she can become the place of growth and opportunity. we should put all of our eggs in that basket as conservatives and republicans. we need folks to stop this president from taking america so far off the ledge that we cannot get back. we must stop the bankrupting of our federal government. but we as conservatives must dedicate our energies to growing the economy to showing younger generations on winning the future. we need to grow the middle class. that doesn't line government. if more government were the answer to our problems, our economy would be booming right now. that's been tried. you can't hire enough government workers or give enough taxpayer money to your friends who own green energy
companies to create prosperity. the facts are in. that path is a disaster. balancing our books is not what matters most. government is not the end all and be all. the health of america is not about america at all. balancing the backs is a nice goal but that's not the primary objective. we need to focus our efforts and ideas to grow the american economy, not the government economy. i'm going to talk about a couple of other points but if you take nothing else from what i say we must not become the party of austerity. we must not be the party of austerity. we must be the party of growth which we know that government is out of control and the public knows that too and we just lost an election. we cannot afford to fight on the on economic growth. an opportunity that is based in
every community in this great country and it is not based in washington, d.c. >> if we keep believing that government will take us down wit. if our end goal is to >> i'm not signeding up for that. >> i don't. that's what we have democrats for. >> austerity andless from the economy. the republican party is the party of more. the party that creates more
from the economy. it's time for all of to us remember we are not in this just to win elections. we are in to make america the greatest she can be. the make at this time pross perous opportunity she can be. to do this we are going to have to win some elections but first we must win the argument. if this election taught us anything it's that we will not win elections by pointing out the failures of the other side. we must paint how bright america's future can be. that brings me to my second point. what does this future look like? how do we win this argument? >> for starters we have to recalibrate the comp pass of conservism.
we don't need to change what we believe as conservatives. we do need to reorient our focus to the place where conservatism thrivers. we must lay out the contrast between libism and our bottom up philosophy. we believe in creating abund dance. we should threat other side try to sell washington's ability to help the economy while we promote the entrepreneur. we promote the self-employed woman who is one sale away from hiring oot employee. let the democrats -- [applause] . >> we don't believe old top down industrial age government becomes a good idea just because it happens to agree
with us or because we were running it. we must focus on the empowerment of citizens making really vant decisions in their communities while they sell factory sometime government that cranks out one answer for the entire country. this means rethinking every social program in pash washington. very few of them work in my view and the one size fits all crowd has had it's chance f. any rational human being were to create our government new today. if you were to start way blank sheet of paper we would have a fourth of the buildings and about half of the government workers we've got in washington. we would replace the beaurocracy with a handful of web sites which we would not dream of taking money oh out of people's pockets sending it to washington, d.c. and handing it over to politicians to staple thousands of pages of instructions to it and wear that money out by grinding it
through the beaurocrat corporate i can friction and sending it back to the states where it all started and order to grow the economy. it is out of date and it is a failure. we believe in planting the seeds of growth in the fertile soil of your economy where you live and work. not in the bear of washington, d.c. if it's worth doing block graint to the states. if you don't trust the states to do it, maybe washington shouldn't be doing it at all. we believe solving problems at home should be our first option. we believe hiring afar is the last way to meet the responsibilities to others. when they try to right size their own budgets and rules and regulations stand in their way. as the democrats work on taking more from working americans we
should simpfie our tax code not for the benefit of washington, d.c. but to get washington, d.c. out of the way. let's get rid of the loopholes paid for by lob yist. it shouldn't be complicated for a taxpayer to fill out his taxes or to live his life in fear of the tax consequences for his or her choices. let the democrats extol the virtues of our an indicated one size fits all factory schools where the child follow it is dollars. meanwhile let us republicans feature the successed of child sentered education solutions, education solutions where the dollars follow the child. [applause] these are but a few examples of the way we must fight the
battle or how we must win the argument. one thing we've got to get straight right now washington has spent a generation trying to bribe our citizens and extort our states. as republicans it's time to quit arguing around the edges of this corrupt system. that brings me to my third point which i want to shift gears and speak to changes i believe we must make if we are to win elections. as i ipped kated before i do not believe we need to abandon or change our principles. i know this observation disappoints many of our friends in the national media of course. for those in the national media that means supporting abortion on demand without policy. that means abandoning traditional marriage. for them real change means agreing to higher taxes every year to pay for government
expanse and real change means engorsing the lightened policies of european social lism. that is what real change looks like to the ed torle board. that's crazy talk. america has one liberal party. she doesn't need another one. [applause] . government spending still does not grow our economy. american weakness on the world stage still does not lead to piece. i believe that higher taxes still don't create prosperity for all and more government doesn't grow jobs. if nubble higher taxes and more debt and more government spending, if you believe in weakness abroad and you believe in taking guns from law abiding citizens, first i might suggest you are probably at the wrong dinner to night. [applause] but the second thing i would
tell you is you already have a party that is very well represented in washington, d.c. no the republican party does not need to change our principles. but we might need to change everything else we are doing. here are 7 things i believe we must change if we're to be anyway position to win elections and lead america as we deserve. first, we've got to stop looking backwards. we've got to boldly show what the future can look like with the free market policies we believe in. many of our republican governors are doing just that. conservative ideals are aspirational. the battle of ideas must be waged in the future. the second thing we've got to do, we've got to compete for every single vote. 47% and the 53% and any other combination that adds up to 100%. [applause] president obama t democrats
they can continue to trying to divide america in groups with competing interest but we as republicans will have none of it. we're going after every vote and going to work to unite every american. we are going to reject politics. we should pursue that idea with vigor. identity politics is co-rossive and we must reject it. we must reject the idea that democracy is -- dick tates voter behavior. we must treat all people as individuals rather than members of special interest groups. [applause] . i made this observation t first step in getting the voters to like us is to ghon strait that we like them. [applause] >> the fourth thing we've got to do, we've got to stop being
the stupid party. i'm serious. it's time for a new republican party that talks like adults. it's time for us to art late our plans and visions for america in real terms. it's no secret we had a number of republicans that damaged the brand this year with offensive comments. i'm here to say we've had enough of that. [applause] the fifth thing we've got to do, we've got to stop insulting the intelligence of voters. we need to trust the smarts of the american people. [applause] we've got to stop talking down to them and stop reducing everything to mindless slogens and tag lines for 30 seconds ideas. we must have the courage of our convictions and principles and be willing to provide details in describing our views. the 60 thing we must do, we
must quit big. we must not be the party that simply protect it is well off so they can keep their toys. we've got to show all americans how they can thrive. we are the feert help the middle class. we are a populous party and we need to make that clear to every voter and every american. [applause] 7, we've got to focus on real people outside of washington, d.c., not the people inside washington, d.c. we've got to stop competing with democrats for the job of manager. we've got to have the abilities of american people. we need an equal opportunity society. one who doesn't see it's job as picking winners and losers. think about this for a minute. where do you go if you want special favors? government. where do you go if you want a tax break or a handout today?
government. this must stop. our government must pursue a our government must pursue a level playing field. our government is being unleveler of the playing field. this is a path forward for the republican party. pier 1 not only win the argument but help us to win elections. let me conclude by making this observation. america is facing her greatest choice. we can either go down the government have, or we can go down the a mother -- the american path. the leftists are trying to turn the government passed into the american path. shame on us. we believe freedom incentivizes ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and that makes america an exceptional nation.
in the last few years, we have been talking about american exceptionalism, the idea that this country is better. as republicans, we have criticized president obama for not agreeing in -- believing in an increase in this. not only american exceptionalism, but we also define it. during the inauguration, i heard a lot of commentators talk about a peaceful transfer of power that we have got in this country. even as we must never take for granted the peaceful transition we have, america is not great because of the design of our government. america is not exceptional because of that. the genius of america is in our strength and power in growth that comes from individual actions. [applause]
government does not order greatness. it cannot command outcomes. individuals, taking risks, building businesses, inventing things, and passing immutable values from one generation to the next, that is the root of america's greatness. [applause] and that is the mission as we build a new republican party. away from managing government and towards a mission of growth. it falls to us to show the younger generations the wisdom and the great benefits of the american path. it falls to us to unleash a new dawning of the american dream, the dream that our parents came to this great country for. prosperity and opportunity. it is our responsibility to seize this opportunity?
it falls to us to dig the principles of freedom and apply them to the future. make no mistake. i am not calling for a period of introspection and navel gazing. winning the next election. thank you. god bless you, and may god continue to bless the united states of america. thank you very much. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] next -- >> next, paul ryan spoke at a summit here in washington. this is about 25 minutes. >> all right, ladies and gentlemen. we are about to hear from our next speaker, congressman paul ryan. [applause]
when he was picked as mitt romney's running mate, he became a subject of fascination, even to his workout routine. which is the p90x routine. for those of you who are not fit enough to have a workout routine and it sounds like some advanced piece of weapon military are you happen not to work out before breakfast, the p90 x is is that you confuse your muscle by trying constantly new and different workouts everyday. we have evidence that paul ryan is very loyal to this workout routine. his most innovative workout has been caught on tape and broadcasted broadly. it includes running through the
woods and pushing ladies in wheelchairs off a cliff. this is a tremendous workout. as you are pushing the wheelchair, it works out the legs really good on the running, the cargo --dcardio -- the cardio is there. depending on your technique of pushing the wheelchairs off the well. [laughter] i hope i'm not betraying any confidences when i say that the chapter of republican policies has been authored by paul ryan over the last few years began on a hunt. i might be messing this up, but as far as i understand, both -- bow hunting include sitting alone in a damn tree all day long and waiting for a deer or an elderly person to wander by.
[laughter] then you shoot it to kill. my understanding is that paul was up alone in a tree when they. i assume he was bored out of his ever-living mind. it occurred to him that if he was going to be in washington to continue to be congressman, he had to make it count. he came back here. he wrote his roadmap. there about one or two other people who dared to co- sponsored. it is a sign they were not very good with politics. within the next few years, paul reoriented the entire republican party around a version of this plan. it was an extraordinary act of
intellectual and political leadership. paul is an exemplary political leader. he is unflappable. his goal is not to bent or insult -- not to vent or insult, but to persuade. he went through this entire campaign last year under tremendous pressure and never showed one moment of ill -- we saw his political character on display in national debate or he faced a vice president who was determined to behave like a hyena that was high. [applause] i think the late great crocodile wrestler would have hesitated to sit down at the table for an hour and a half with the vice president. at the end, we knew which of those men had a better political character and which one was a better advocate for a cause. [applause] i'm absolutely certain that
whatever is the solution and the answer to that writes political predicament over the next couple of years, paul ryan be part of that answer and solution. he is a great friend. he is a great advocate for our cause. ladies and gentlemen, welcome paul ryan. [cheers and applause] >> that was pretty good. i will take you both hunting. that was great. thank you. appreciated. i can say about that introduction, that was the most recent introduction i have ever received. thank you. i appreciate it. i'm happy to see so many friends in the audience. i see a lot of familiar faces. i'm honored to see so many distinguished guests.
you could say this is the greatest collection of gathered in one room. with the possible exception of [laughter] hail to the national review. i started reading national review when my professor gave me a copy. when i came to washington, they were writers and editors. their first jobs. i was a young staffer on capitol hill. when we first became friends. over time, i recognized the bylines. i became enthralled with the work. i value to the council. -- value to the council -- valued the counsel.
i want to say to the national review, thank you for 20 years of good advice. thank you for all that you do. [applause] today you are asking for my advice. as you recall, there was an election last year. it did not go our way. like you, i understand full well that elections have consequences. the vice president's house is a few houses away from here. i was looking forward to taking on the big challenges. my kids were looking forward to having a pool. [laughter] there are two ways to define defeat -- you can deny it or you can choose to learn from it. i choose to learn from it. the way that i see it, our defeat is all the more reason to lay out our vision and lay out specifics with a broader
appeal. it will be difficult without a partner in the white house. i believe that we can do this. we have to deal with the fact that president obama has a second term. that is the topic of my talk today. a second term will present a lot of new challenges for our side. it will also present a lot of opportunities. we will need something that we occasionally overlook. we will need prudence. i would like to explain what that is and why we need it. first, a context. in the president's first term, we argued against big government in theory. in his second term, we will be arguing against big government in practice. obamacare is no longer a 2008 bill. now it is for 13,000 pages.
of regulations, and it is growing. it is being implemented. this will restrict our ability in life-saving medical devices. that is just healthcare. now the president is implementing his agenda. we will see that the benefits are far less than advertised. the costs of this agenda are huge. we spend when chilean dollars more than we take in each year. we spend $1 trillion more than we taken each year. we cannot keep that up. that is a moment where our economy stalls. we will have to convince the country to change course. we had to reform entitlements. we had to revisit the healthcare law. clearly president obama does not want us to get that chance. he want his last two years to
look just like his first two years of his presidency. it was to perpetuate progressive -- he wants to perpetuate progressive government for at least a generation. why? because he thinks it is the right and to do. to do that, he needs to delegitimize the republican party and house republicans, in particular. he will try to divide us. filling emergencies and bogus deals. -- phony emergencies. he will try to get us to fight with each other, question each other so we do not challenge him. if we play into his hands, we will betray the voters who supported us in the country that we serve. we cannot let that happen. we need to be smart. we need to show prudence. what do i mean when i say that?
prudence is good judgment in the art of governing. abraham lincoln called it one of the cardinal virtues. it is our greatest obligation as public servants. we have to find the good in every situation and choose the best means to achieve it. we have to make decisions anchored in reality and take responsibility for the consequences. the prudent man is like a captain at sea, he does curse of the wind him he uses it to reach his destination. i'm not saying that we should be excessively cautious. what i'm saying is that when we see an opening, however small, we should take it. if you want to promote conservatism, we will need to use every tool at our disposal. sometimes we will have to reject the president's proposals. that time might come more than once. the president will bait us and portray us as cool.
-- cruel. just the other day, he said that republicans are suspicious of social security. he said that we had suspicions of feeding hungry children. but there are suspicions of caring for the elderly. look, it is the same trick every time. find a strawman and avoid honest debate. when an argument by default. -- win an argument. the president and only the president that is trying to fix our bridges and feed our children and care for our seniors and clean our water. he must be exhausted. i know we are. [laughter] but we cannot get rattled. we will not play the villain in his morality plays. we will not. we have to stay united. we have to show that if given the chance, we can govern. we have better ideas. the fact is, we are not in the wilderness. republicans controlled the house and most of the statehouses.
we have to oppose the president and the senate on some fronts and we have to engage them on others. we cannot let our country have a debt crisis. if they will not help ask our entitlements, and we have to buy time. we have to keep the bond market at the bait for the safety of our people. that means we will face tough moments. like the fiscal cliff. i know we did not see eye to eye. on that vote. on january 1, a trillion dollar tax hike took effect. the senate voted to prevent tax hikes and 98% of americans. and made the lower tax hikes permanent. that is something we could not achieve when george bush was in office. president obama got less revenue than the speaker offered in the first place. in short, there is no way we were going to get a better deal for the american tax payer. that is not to hide the fact
that this bill was far from perfect. we wanted to keep tax hikes low for everybody. we wanted to cut spending. but this bill had to pass. otherwise every single taxpayer would have paid higher taxes and our economy would have gotten into a nosedive. once i came to that conclusion, the decision was simple. if you think a bill needs to pass, you vote for it. now, many of my colleagues voted the other way. i respect their decision. prudence demands mutual understanding, especially among friends. my colleagues and i saw the same thing. we sought to the same and. -- we sought the same end. we wanted a smaller, smarter government. we simply differed on the means. that is the difficulty of governing. it should not be a cause for division. our tactics will differ from issue to issue, but our strategy remains the same.
we will promote conservatism at every opportunity. in the next four years, opportunity will not come easily. we have to pay our bills and make sure we can pay our bills tomorrow. to do that, we need to cut spending and budget responsibly. you know,our job as we see it is to help the country prevent a debt crisis. every family sets a budget. every business budgets. the federal government should do the same thing. in fact, it is the law that we passed a budget. the house has done its job. the senate does not pass a budget in nearly four years. that is gross irresponsibility. that is unacceptable. that has to change. [applause] the house will not consider another vote to increase the debt ceiling unless the senate passes a budget. we are going to point the
country in the right direction. we are going to cut spending. [applause] when conservatives disagree on the way forward. we have never marched in lockstep. that is not what we do. and healthy debate is a good and needed thing. we can do that in private without doing it in public. all we ask of each other is thatwe need to give an honest account of our actions and the reasons for that. we should challenge the left and not each other. our founders were men of prudence. take james madison. nowadays they call him the founder of the constitution. but at the constitutional convention, he lost some key governments -- arguments. he fought for plan to give the states the same number of states in the government.
he thought it was deeply unjust. in the first, he wanted to give congress even more power. he wanted it to be able to veto state laws. in both cases, madison argued vigorously for his side. and in both cases, he lost that argument. butwhen it came time to ratify the constitution, there was no greater advocate and james madison. he helped write editorials and called it the federalist papers. he led the charge for approval at the virginia state convention. he paid a price for his support. when he ran for congress -- this was drafting james monroe to run against him. this is the 18th century of getting primary. he decided for all of his imperfections, he would support that restitution because it would save the union. today we are the living proof of his prudence. so what is the next step for us? where do we go from here?
i say that we have two roles in the president's second term. one, mitigate bad policy. two, advanced good policy when we can. on the first point, and this is something we in the house takes very seriously, we have got to stop the growth of administrative state. executive departments and agencies, they have become a fourth branch of government in recent years. they combine all three options of government in one sweep. executive, judicial, legislative. the people suffer the consequences. this is not government by the consent of the governed. the house months to keep watch over these departments. -- the house must keep watch. we must keep them in line. that is what oversight does. [applause] on the second point, we have to offer an alternative. we cannot leave the democrats to their own devices.
because, you know, they seem to have a short memory. this was at a cost of over $1 trillion. early this month, tax hikes have gone up further. the democrats are calling for higher taxes again. as our leaders have said, we are not raising taxes. but we have no desire to be a welfare state. we have to focus on the real problems and that is spending. we cannot just respond to the democrats proposals. we have to offer our own, and that is exactly what we are going to do. this session, i will advance reforms to strengthen medicare and medicaid. to reform health care. the house ways and means committee, there'll be a tax reform effort. we will propose a budget that will balance and pay down the debt. guess what? the democrats are unlikely to accept our proposals. i know that might come as quite
a surprise to you. they refused to consider the real reform that was needed to get the country back on track. but we will lay the groundwork for future endeavors, sowhen reform is possible, we will be ready. that is our obligation. washington may be getting all the attention these days, buti have got to tell you, washington is broken. the frontlines of reform are in the states. that is where republicans will see their greatest success. thanks to governors like bobby jindal. these governors deserve our thanks. they are the models for all of us. they work across the aisle when possible and expand opportunity through education reform. they balance their budgets. i cannot wait to see what they can accomplish this year. you know, as you take stock in all of this, the horizon before us might not seem right right now, but believe me, it will
grow. as the president implement his agenda, it won't be pretty. at that moment, we will be ready. we will have tepid growth and rations. we will offer an alternative vision. we will explain how our vision differs and how it rests on vibrant communities and increases upward mobility. social mobility. we will show how we can govern better by governing closer to the people and strengthening families and their livelihoods. we will make it clear that we have better ideas to combat poverty. our policies will lift everyone in this country. we will translate that vision into a governing agenda. we will apply our nation's timeless principles. that is how you offer enduring solutions. we will say to the country, here is our plan for the country, for the budget, for healthcare, for energy, defense.
when we do that, we put our plans out against the president's results, i think we will compare quite favorably. we will win back the trust of the american people and put our plan into action. that is what you do in moments like this. pick yourself up, dust yourself off, fight for what you believe in, and get back to work. we have a lot to do in the next four years. the challenge is continued to mount. it is easy to get discouraged by it all. the election lost. the difficulties of the changes are coming. but as william f. buckley, my fellow catholic would say, but it is a mortal sin to despair. i'm not ready to give up. i know you're not either. you would not be here if you wear. -- were. that is why i'm asking you for your help. in this effort, every
conservative needs to be involved. after the election, i needed to take a little bit of time. i needed to get into the woods. that is where i recharge. i took my daughter with me. we went hunting in oklahoma, and she got her first deer. [applause] that is what we do where we come from. i know other people cannot relate to that. but i realized sitting next to her, talking to her in the woods and walking her three the moment just -- through the moment, and how quickly she was growing up, it got me thinking when i am old and grandkids ask me about that moment, i do not want to tell them how america lost its way. i do not want to say, don't blame me. i did not vote for any of it here instead, i want to tell them how america got back on track. i want to look at them, and i want to say, our country was worth the fight.
with your help, and with a touch of riddance, we will win it. -- a touch of prudence, we will win it. thank you. [applause] thank you. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> on friday, the republican national committee held its annual winter meeting. the chairman was reelected. he spoke about his plans and the future of the republican party. this is just over 15 minutes. >> yours again. [applause]
>> thank you, thank you. it is indeed an honor to be elected your chairman for a second term. i am totally humbled by your trust and your support, and each of you, every one of you, thank you. the task before us now is starting our party's future. we have an opportunity and responsibility to shape the gop of the next generation. by now you know the theme of this meeting -- renew, grow, win. that is my agenda for the next two years. renew our party, grow our ranks, and win elections. we must compete in every state and every region, building relationships with communities we have not before. at the rnc, we are dropping their red and blue state
analysis. we must be a party concerned about every american and every neighborhood. we must develop the best technology with the help of the best minds, train activists and candidates and volunteers with modern tools of a modern party. that is the vision i want to share with you today, and that is the work that we must begin to gather today. -- that we must begin togetherit is a big challenge, but we can do it. four years ago when i took over the wisconsin gop, we faced an uphill batter -- an uphill battle. but two years later, both republican majorities in a left-leaning state, we send new republican representatives to washington, d.c. we have turned a very blue state pretty darned read.
two years ago, we found a broken organization at the rnc. but we accomplished a goal that we sat together for ourselves. our debt, we overcame it. our committee, we rebuilt it. our reputation, we saved it. the number of governorships held by republicans increased to 30. today there are 315 electoral votes in states with republican governors. the 24th states -- the 24 states with republican governors and legislatures represent over 51% of the american people. in the presidential race, no rnc has ever been more supportive a partner to a nominee than we were. so i know that we can tackle the challenges ahead if we commit to it together. now, the way i see it, we have three options going forward.
first, we can keep talking about our principles the same way that we always have. doing the same old thing, the same old way does not sound like a winning option. second, we could compromise our principles. some would actually like to do that. it would make us a little more than watered-down democrats. that would be wrong for our party, wrong for our country. or the third option. we could stand by our timeless principles and articulate them in ways that are modern, relevant to our time, relatable to the majority of voters. that, i believe, is how we will achieve republican renewal. that is how we will grow. that is how we will win. i know we are still in the middle of this comprehensive review that you are all participating in. but there is one clear overriding lesson from november. we did not have enough voters. i am no math whiz, i am an
attorney. but i do not need a calculator to know that we need to win more votes. we have to find more supporters. we have to go places we have not been, and we have to invite new people to join us. we have to ask for the order. this is about more than the next two years. this is about 2016. this is about 2020. and beyond. the good news is our principles are sound. we stand for opportunity and liberty. freedom is always a new idea, an ever-fresh, revolutionary idea. these are the values that brought people to america and continue to attract others to our shores. has anyone here know of people who have come to america in search of a superior government bureaucracy?
they come here for a better life and pursuit of happiness, a dream, a goal. entrepreneurs, innovators, the lives that they live -- that is what we stand for. i think about my mom. she might be watching right now. born and raised, until marriage, in sudan. and my father, who she met there, was in the army in ethiopia. they moved to queens, new york, where my dad was an electrician and my mom was a seamstress. their lives were simple but secure because this country offered them an opportunity to build something for themselves. as republicans, we know that if government is not limited, opportunity will be. the democrats do not see that.
they are the party of big government. the president's inaugural address erased any lingering doubts about that. give democrats a problem, they have got the same old solution -- a federal bureaucracy. that is not new, that is not modern. so we are the party that offers something new. we are the party of innovation. we want a real dynamic economy, driven by the free market, grown by the people, not one dependent on government's redistribution machine. to keep it afloat. we do not want more money in washington's pocket. we want more money in your pocket, where you shop and where you live.
we want students and parents and powered by equal opportunity and education, not restricted by unions. we want an open energy economy that harnesses all sources of power, not those selected by an activist energy department. we want a health care system that respects doctor-patient decisions, not government dictators. innovation is not borne from the government office building that comes from garages and laboratories and dorm rooms. why in the age of outsourcing would america trust it's important decisions and rest it hopes for the future on washington politicians? we are the party that says an
individual can make better decisions than a bureaucrat, and we believe caring for this generation should not require robbing from the next. [applause] we can unite americans around our values, and we can take them to a better place. but we have to prove it. so we must take our message to all voters, to every state. it is time to stop looking at elections through the lenses of battleground states. we have four years until the next presidential election, and being a blue state is not a permanent diagnosis. look at this screen here next to me. just three presidents ago, in 1988, republicans won in places like california, illinois, connecticut, delaware, vermont, new hampshire, new jersey. if we make the commitment, we can win again. when candidates like scott walker, susanna martinas, chris
christie win state wide, they prove that no state is that reliably a blue state. but it is up to all of us to decide if we are willing to fight for these states. it takes work. it is not going to happen overnight. but from what i have seen in wisconsin, we can make it happen. in two years, we all want to hear the words and they have lines, republicans everywhere. -- and the headlines, "republicans everywhere." [applause] here is the deal. we want to be republicans for everybody. we have to take our message of opportunity where it can be heard. [applause] we have to build better relationships in minority communities, urban centers, college towns. we need a permanent growing presence. simple outreach, a few months
before an election -- we know it is not going to suffice. in fact, we should stop talking about reaching out and start working on welcoming in. political support is cultivated over time, not collected on election day. [applause] on the local and state level, we have many success stories in states like texas, florida, where republicans are winning in minority communities. let's learn from them. let's highlight them. celebrate them. and apply those lessons nationwide. in order to do all this, we need to empower, equipped, trained our candidates. are volunteers and operatives. but told skype-based training sessions, fundraising, door to
door advocacy, digital tools. google. we need to give the next generation access to the brightest experts. in the digital space, we do not want to just keep up, we want to seize the lead. there are many leaders in the field willing to help the cause. they just simply have to be asked. i am here to tell you, i am going to ask them to help us. as a party, we must recognize that we live in an era of permanent politics. we must stop living from nominee campaign. as we saw in this last election, our opponent benefited from a multi-year head start. now is the time to begin to develop a permanent national
infrastructure that is granular and based in communities. this is the opportunity to get a head start of our own peer it in -- of our own. in all of this, we must promote our values. we must define ourselves before others define us. i'm tired of defense, so let's go on offense and stay on offense. [applause] on the issue of spending, for example, we must aggressively challenge the president. not just because it is good politics, but it is good policy. it is morally indefensible to keep using a national credit card and sending the bill to our children. [applause] and there is no better way to promote our values than to spotlight conservative policies and practice.
that is best seen today on the state level, where washington continues to fail us. republican governors are taking the lead, balancing budgets, and reforming government. so the task before us today is transforming our party. to be a force from coast to coast. it does not require resorting to the cynical, devices identity politics of the democratic party. it means embracing our common identity as free and loving -- as freedom-loving americans. in the next two years -- as freedom-loving americans. in the next two years we are going to lead. we're not going to be supporting actors anymore. we are going to lead and boldly. we will be unafraid to challenge conventional wisdom. to those of you that have left the party, we want to earn your trust again. to those of you who are yet to join us, we welcome you with open doors and open arms.
this is your home, too. there is far more that unites us than you know. my job is to make that clear. [applause] mr. president, if you're listening, i have a message for you, too. we know you won the presidential election. you like reminding us of that. congratulations. but you made your party into one of the most outrageous government-dependent parties that we have ever seen in modern times. you have delivered less and less from our economy, particularly for hispanics and african-americans.
you have struggled -- who have struggled this a proportionately -- who have struggled disproportionately in the obama economy. in two years from now, your party will be up against republicans that offer something better, more from the economy, more opportunity for everybody. in the next election, i do not know who people will vote for. i do not even know who is going to be running. but i know this -- we are going to be a republican party that people will want to join, a party that inspires again. [applause] not a party that just says no, but a party that says follow us to a brighter future with a smile on our face. a party of prosperity, success, and freedom. it does not matter where you live, who you are, what you look like, or what your last name is because we are going to be the
party for everybody everywhere across america. [applause] that is the party that you and i are here to renew. that is the party that we are going to grow, and that is the party that can win. as your chairman, i am going to do everything i can do to achieve this better future. but i want you to know that it will take all of us together to make that happen. i need your help and your commitment because i know that together we can build a better republican party.
thank you and god bless you. [applause] thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you, thank you. >> tomorrow on "washington journal," a law professor at george washington university. then, a look at climate change and prospects in congress with a correspondent of "national journal." and later, a conversation about security worldwide with a former ambassador. "washington journal" live at 7:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. tomorrow, the missouri governor
delivers his state of the state address. live coverage begins at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. on friday, president obama announced that his current deputy national security adviser, will become the white house chief of staff. they were accompanied by the outgoing chief of staff, who the president has nominated to take the place of timothy geithner at treasury. this is about 15 minutes. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states, accompanied by mr. jacob lew, and mr. denis mcdonough. [applause] >> thank you. thank you, everybody. please, everybody have a seat. good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to the announcement of one of the worst kept secrets in washington.
[laughter]as president i rely on an extraordinary team of men and women here at the white house every single day, and i rely on my chief of staff to keep up with them and our entire permit, making sure we are all moving in the right direction, they can share my high 40s are being -- making sure that my priorities are being carried carried out, and that our policies are consistent with the commitments that have made to the american people and that are delivering progress to the american people. as i said earlier this month, i could not be more grateful to jack lew for his amazing service, first as our omb director, than at the state department, and ultimately as my chief of staff. as he prepares for confirmation hearings, and the challenge of leading our treasury department, i am pleased to announce my next chief of staff, and a great friend to me, and everybody who works here at the white house, mr. denis
mcdonough. [applause] [applause] now, i have been counting on dennis for nearly a decade. since i first came to washington, when he helped to set up my senate office. along with pete. he, you know, was able to show me where the restrooms were, how you passed a bill. i should point out that even then denis had gray hair. i have been trying to catch up
to him, but at that time i relied on his intellect and his good judgment and that has continued ever since. he is been one of my closest and most trusted advisers. he has been in indispensable member of my national security team as well. he has played a key role in every major national security decision in my presidency, from ending the world in iraq, from winding down the war in afghanistan, to our to natural disasters around the world, to the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, thomas crisis day -- countless crises day and night, and that includes many nights. i begun to think that he liked to pull all-nighters, and the truth is nobody out works denis mcdonough. heart of the reason you saw
such warmth in applause is in addition to being such a talented and hard worker, he is also a pretty humble guy. too many admirers he is still just a dude from stillwater, minnesota, and given his humility, i think people do not always appreciate the breadth of his experience and the range of his talents. it is precisely because of that determination that i wanted him in this job. as a veteran of capitol hill, where he was mentored by the likes of tom daschle, he understands the importance of reaching across the aisle to deliver results for the american people, whether it is on jobs, the economy, healthcare, reducing the deficit, or addressing climate change. he is respected by leaders of the government, and if you add it all up, i think he is spent most of the last four years leading interagency meetings,
hearing people out, listening to them, forging consensus, and making sure policies are implemented and everybody is held accountable. he always holds himself accountable first and foremost. it is no easy task, but through it all denis mcdonough does it with class, integrity and thoughtfulness for other people's point of views. he is the consummate public servant, he plays it straight and that is the kind of teamwork that i want in the white house. time and again i have relied on dennis to help in the outreach to our immigrant and faith communities. he understands that in the end our policies and programs are measured in the concrete differences that they make in the lives of fellow human beings and the values that we advance as americans. he insists on knowing for himself the real world impact of the decisions that we make, so away from the cameras without
fanfare, he has visited troops in iraq and afghanistan repeating the, hearing their concerns, following up, finding out what they need. he travels to walter reed, spending time with wounded warriors, and to know them. then, he comes back to the white house and he gets it done. that is the kind of focus in the carton -- kind of heart that i want in this white house. now, do not get me wrong. dennis can be tough. it probably comes from being one of the 11 children. you have to be tough. two of his sisters are here today, and i know they are just beaming. they could not be more proud of their brother. maybe it comes from his college football days as defensive back under the legendary john galardi. i always tease him and that he made up for modest talents with extraordinary dedication and a
high threshold for pain. this does remind me of the one topic that we will never agree, biking versus bears. -- vikings versus bears, and there's another reason we all love him so much, and that is his decency, his respect for those around him. ask any of the staff that are here today, and they will tell you despite the unbelievable pressures of service at this the first to think about a colleague, or write a hand- written note to say thank you, or to ask about your family. that is the spirit that i want in this white house. this, of course, is reflected in his incredible love for his own family, liam, teddy -- i know that dad has been at work a lot during the week and on
weekends, and i guarantee he would much rather be with you than with me, but the next job he will have will be demanding, two, but the one reason he does this is because he wants to make sure this world is a better place for all of you. dad will probably have to stop riding his bike to work. as chief of staff, i do not think that is allowed. [laughter]he does what he does because he loves and cares for you guys so much and he wants to make sure that the next generation is inheriting the kind of america that we all want, so i am grateful to his entire family for putting up with us. you are not just one of my closest friends, but one of my closest advisers, and mike -- like everybody here, i cannot imagine the white house without you.
thank you for signing up for this very, very difficult job, as jack lew will testify. i know you will always give it to me straight, as only a friend can, telling me not only what i want to hear, but more importantly, when i need to hear to make the best possible decisions on behalf of the american people. so, for me, michelle, your friends and colleagues that are here today, thank you for taking this assignment. congratulations. [applause] [applause]
>> i just have one more thing to add. we made a number of personnel announcements today. there is going to be an incredible team that denis mcdonough will help lead, but i thought i would take the occasion to just embarrass somebody. some of you may know that today is david's last day in the white house. i had to hide this in the end of my remarks because i knew he would not want me to bring it up, so we had some secret squirrel stuff going on here to avoid him thinking that we were going to talk about him, but as many of you know, david has been with me from the very start of this enterprise, running for president. i cannot tell you how lucky i have been to have him manage our campaign back in 2008, then
joined the white house during these very challenging last two years. he has built a well-deserved reputation as being a numbers genius and, you know, a pretty tough combatant when it comes to politics, but what people do not realize because he does not like to show it is the reason he does this stuff is because he cares deeply about people, justice and making sure everybody gets a shot in life. those values have motivated him to do incredible things come and if it were not for him -- things, and if it were not for him, we would not be as effective as a white house and i probably would not be here. i thought it was worthwhile, even if he does not want us to say it, thank you to david. [applause]
many of the women in the higher floors, on the state for, they seem like characters from a wonderful story because it was such a long time ago. it is history, and you read it in books. to be in their presence seems a bit disconcerting, but the first ladies, the ones i remember, i remember their real stories, and i can picture their eyes and in an incredible way that makes me think about their challenges and struggles, how they used the space. >> "the first lady's." c-span is teaming up with a historical association for a first of its kind. "first ladies -- influence an image." this will be beginning president's day on c-span. president's day on c-span.